The people at tire and alignment shops are experts at finding the causes of noises, pulling, off-center steering wheels, and bad tire wear. The place to start, if possible, is to have the vehicle inspected at one of those shops.
The easiest way to inspect anti-sway bar bushings is to place your finger on the bar, alongside the bushing, then bounce the vehicle up and down just a little. If you feel the bar moving up and down inside that bushing, it will make a dull thumping sound when you drive over small bumps in the road. The clue is the noise will usually stop while the steering wheel is turned slightly to one side. Turning puts a twisting force on that bar, and that puts pressure on it that momentarily stops the noise from occurring.
Control arm bushings are checked by prying on the arms while the vehicle is supported in such a way as to remove any load or stress on the bushings. For most cars that means raising it on a hoist and letting the suspension hang down freely.
Monday, March 20th, 2017 AT 2:22 PM